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Ankara 'will retaliate' if Turkish hostages harmed in Iraq

Turkish President Abdullah Gul, center, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right, and Parliament Speaker Cemil Cicek attend a ceremony for Turkish-made military attack helicopter, T129 ATAK, outside Ankara, Turkey, Tuesday, June 10, 2014.(AP Photo)

ISTANBUL: Turkey pledged Wednesday to retaliate if its 48 citizens kidnapped by jihadists in northern Iraq are harmed.

"All those involved should know that if our citizens are harmed in any way, they will be the subject of harsh reprisals," Turkish media quoted Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu as saying at the United Nations in New York.

 

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